Farm and rural land workshops / classes    

Welcome to Upcoming Workshops
Something for everyone!

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Maple Marketing Workshop
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

This workshop will be taught by Stephen Childs, New York State Maple Specialist, Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. The first half of this workshop will feature an overview of the options available to maple producers when marketing maple products. This overview will look at the variety of maple products that are successfully being marketed as well as the diversity of marketing tactics that can be used to expand sales.

The second half will be hands-on market planning that will walk each maple producer through a process of pulling together a marketing plan. A marketing plan helps a maple business focus on the next most important steps to increasing sales, and improving profits while at the same time keeping the business livable for the family and staff involved. There are four basic worksheets that assist with this planning process. See if within one concentrated hour you can come away with a good start on a marketing plan for better sales and profit.

Participants will receive a copy of the bulletin “Beginning or Expanding Maple Syrup Operations as a Profitable Business!” and the new “Selling Maple Wholesale Notebook”, a combined value of $32.00.

The fee: $25.00 per person.

To register or for additional information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 585-394-3977 x 427 or 436 or email Nancy with your name, address and phone number.

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Yogurt at Home
Saturday, January 31, 2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Walk down any dairy aisle and you will see a variety of yogurt products that boggle the mind. Yogurt is a popular choice for many of us because of its healthful properties, flavor and convenience. But, did you know that you can easily make yogurt at home? Making yogurt at home will save you money along with controlling your ingredients. Join Hope Galens, Cornell Cooperative Extension Local Food Educator and skilled yogurt maker, Jeanne Totman, for a how-to yogurt making class. Hope and Jeanne will walk you through the steps of yogurt making with a demonstration and discussion of various recipes and equipment options. Participants will learn how to make yogurt and other uses for yogurt such as dressings, marinades, dips and more. Each participant will leave with recipes and their own cup of homemade yogurt.

Cost: $15 per person.
Pre-registration requested by Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
To register contact Nancy at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address and phone number.

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2015 Pesticide Training and Recertification Series
February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2015
Exam: March 2, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension-Ontario County
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Download the Pesticide information flyer and registration.

For more information contact Nancy at 585-394-3977 x 427 or Russ at 585-394-3977 x 436 or email Nancy or Russ.

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Birdhouses and Bluebird Trails
Thursday, February 5, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Bird house design affects the appeal to various bird species as well as vulnerability to predators. Master Gardener, Ken Harbison will discuss both commercially available bird houses and Do-It-Yourself construction.
Learn how to locate and mount bird houses so as to attract bluebirds and foil predators. The maintenance of a bluebird trail will also be covered. This is a lecture/demo presentation.

Cost:$10.00/family

To register: contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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20th Annual Spring Garden Symposium
Saturday, February 14, 2015
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Club 86
86 Avenue E
Geneva, NY 14456

Program features: Polyculture: A Modern Approach Toward Sustainable Gardening
Presenter: Sandra Bierbrauer

What Exactly IS a Cottage Garden?
Presenter: Frederick Rice

Designing the Cottage Garden in Central New York
Presenter: Frederick Rice

Cost: $40.00 per person, includes continental breakfast and hot buffet lunch.

To request a registration flyer or for additional information, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy.

2015 Spring Symposium Registration Flyer

Workshops for Everyone

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Invasive Species Public Workshop
Wednesday February 25, 2015 6:00 pm -8:00 pm Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

A public workshop on invasive species will be hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association.

Invasive species such as giant hogweed and hydrilla are causing harm to ecosystems, the economy, and human health in the Finger Lakes region. Learn how to identify, report and manage these damaging species. The workshop will focus in particular on the invasive forest pest hemlock wooly adelgid, which was recently confirmed in the Canandaigua Lake watershed.

Fee: No charge

To Register: contact Emily or 315-536-5123 x 4127.

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Starting Your Own Transplants
Thursday, February 26, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Growing your own transplants from seed indoors can be rewarding. A number of annual flower and vegetable plants can be started indoors. Perhaps the greatest advantage of growing your own transplants is that you can grow varieties not available from local garden centers and greenhouses. Transplants of the new hybrid disease resistant vegetable flower varieties as well as many of the heirloom varieties may be hard to find and somewhat expensive.

Come join Master Gardener, Roger VanNostrand who will be sharing his experiences at starting seeds under lights in his basement. Learn when and how best to start your seeds, maintain, and transplant your seedlings and grow vigorous healthy plants. Some sample seeds of resistant vegetable varieties will be available for you to try. Plan to join fellow gardeners for Roger’s presentation.

Fee: $10.00/family.
To Register: contact 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, & phone number.

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Making Kimchee, A Spicy Korean Sauerkraut
Saturday, February 28, 2015
10:00 am - Noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

The diets of every traditional society have included some kind of lacto-fermented food. Since the advent of industrialization, most pickling is done with vinegar, which offers more predictable results, but no lactic acid. Lacto-fermented foods are said to contain beneficial bacteria and other properties that are good for our health. With just a little patience, instruction, and minimal supplies, it is possible to learn the time-honored art of lacto-fermentation. A popular lacto-fermented food is kimchee, a spicy Korean sauerkraut.

Join Hope Galens, Ontario County Cooperative Extension Local Food Educator and Maria Raczka, fermented foods enthusiast in learning how to make your own kimchee. We will be sourcing local cabbages for our recipe and adding a variety of other ingredients to demonstrate how to make kimchee.

Fee: $15.00/person
Pre-Registration requested: contact 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, & phone number.

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Summer Flowering Bulbs
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Summer-flowering bulbs can provide bright, bold colors in the garden. Some, like dahlias and tuberous begonias, bloom continuously until frost. Others, such as gladioli, have shorter blooming seasons, but successive plantings can provide blooms over an extended period. Except for lilies, most summer-flowering bulbs are not winter hardy here and must be taken up in the fall to survive.

Master Gardener Ken Harbison will discuss the culture of a number of bulbs. Topics include starting indoors for earlier bloom, planting, propagating, insect and disease control, pruning, taking up in the fall, and winter storage.

Fee: $10.00/family
To Register: contact 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, & phone number.

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Pruning Workshop
Friday, March 6, 2015
9:00 am – Noon
Finger Lakes Teaching and Demonstration Vineyard
Anthony Road Wine Company
1020 Anthony Road
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Are you interested in learning how to prune grape vines? Then you won't want to miss the Finger Lakes Grape Program's pruning class and hands-on demonstration. There will be a brief indoor session with plenty of time to get familiarized with proper techniques and ask any questions you may have. Then participants will go outside and all attendees will have the opportunity to prune vines on three different training systems. The instructor will be Mike Colizzi, Viticulture Community Educator with the Finger Lakes Grape Program. Please remember to dress for the weather and bring your own pruning sheers.

Fee: $25.00/person
Pre-registration is required. Call Yates County Cooperative Extension at 315-536-5134 or Register on-line

Beginning Hops Workshop

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Beginning Hops Class
Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County
480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

Back in the 1880’s, New York was the leader in hops production, producing over 90% of the hops in the United States. As a result of two devastating diseases, downy and powdery mildew, the production of hops declined. In 1920 prohibition provided the final blow to the production of hops in New York and the industry was wiped out.

The recent passing of the New York State Farm Brewery Legislation has kick started this once booming industry back to life. Farm breweries are popping up left and right and so are the number of hop growers within the state. With this new revolution comes many questions from folks interested in growing hops. To help address these questions, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County is offering a regional Beginning Hops Class.

The program presenters include:
Steve Miller, Cornell Cooperative Extension Hops Specialist addressing “What you need to know in growing hops.
Rick Pedersen, one of the most experienced hops growers in New York State, speaking on the evolution of his operation, where he started and where he is today.
Chris and Brian , Climbing Bines, will address, what brewers are looking for when purchasing hops.

Fee: $25.00/person which includes lunch.
Registration: contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County, 585-394-3977 x 427 or email Nancy with your name, address, and phone number.

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Growing Tomatoes with Greater Success
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Numerous home gardeners over the past few years have had difficulty in growing tomatoes and getting a respectable yield. The frustration and disappointment for some has caused them to no longer grow tomatoes. Growing tomatoes in todays environment requires different cultural practices than those used in the past.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticultural Educator, Russell Welser will discuss the common insect and diseases along with the cultural practices you need to know to have a bountiful tomato crop.

Fee: $10.00/family
Registration: contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County, 585-394-3977 x 427or email Nancy with your name, address, & phone number.

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